3 Years, 600 Blankets and Counting!

Tying BlanketsLayers of Love was launched on February 24, 2010.  We are nearing our three year anniversary.  Layers of Love began because of a simple need, one terrible side effect of chemotherapy treatment is being susceptible to cold.

Fleece Blanket Donations

In just under three years we have provided over 600 brand new fleece blankets to chemotherapy patients all over the United States and Canada.  We have received donations from all over the world.  We have donated blankets to Cancer infusion centers all over the United States, from Miami to New York City, from Camden, New Jersey to Milwaukee, from California to North Carolina and many more locations. We collect  both adult sized blankets and pediatric sized blankets.  We collect pediatric size blankets for two wonderful organizations: Chai Lifeline and The Isiah Alonso Foundation.  We have also shipped blankets that have been privately requested by loved ones for their friends, family members, and work colleagues.  We have received requests through our twitter account, our facebook page and through email.  Layers of Love is proud to say that we have never turned down a request for a blanket.  In fact, we have even been able to fulfill requests that have come in for multiple blankets to infusion centers from both nurses and patients.

The reason we have been able to provide so many chemotherapy patients with comfort and warmth is because of generous people just like you.  We have so many friends of Layers of Love donate blankets so that we can continue on our mission.

Community Groups

We have had community groups, church groups, Girl Scout Troops, Brownie Troops, a Life ScoutUniversity dorms, Summer Camp programs plus incredible individuals that have continuously donated blankets to us time and time again.   We are so grateful and thank you for all the support, and blanket donations we have received over the past three years.  With each day that passes by we become more and more committed to providing comfort and warmth to chemotherapy patients.  We do not intend on stopping until each and every chemotherapy patient has a blanket to provide them with comfort and warmth as they go through their treatment. What three years has taught us is that not only are we warming a chemotherapy patient’s body with our blankets, we are also warming their hearts.  What three years has taught us, is that when a chemotherapy patient receives a brand new fleece blanket that was donated from a complete stranger, their face lights up, their hope is raised,  they don’t feel so alone, their heart is indeed warmed. We hope that as we begin on this next year of our journey that you will continue to support our mission, to help us carry on the comfort and warmth.

If you would like to donate a brand new fleece blanket to Layers of Love and aren’t sure where to begin, be sure to visit our website. Check out the FAQ/Guideline tab for more information.

Sharing Their Experience

A while back we received a very generous donation from Karis and the wonderful girls in Windsor Residence Hall at Purdue University. They made blankets specifically for breast cancer patients who are going through chemotherapy, along with beautiful homemade cards for each patient.

Recently Karis sent me so photographs from their blanket tying night that I wanted to share on this blog.

Their decorations for the event were awesome!

What I love about this type of event and what many people who have donated blankets to Layers of Love have said to me is that this event lends itself to friendship, collaboration, conversation, and a great feeling of community.    Over the past year we have a great many groups prepare and donate blankets, and they have all mentioned how much fun their group had while preparing them.

These wonderful girls from Purdue University, took valuable time out of their very busy college education, to come together to do something special for a great cause. Layers of Love is extremely grateful that they chose our cause to work with.  We thank them not only for their generous donations but sharing their event with us, so that we could in turn share it with you.

If you would like to read the original post about the generous donation from Karis and the girls of Windsor Hall at Purdue University you can do so here.

We have worked with many groups over the past year, if you and your group would like to prepare blankets to donate to Layers of Love, contact us here through the comments or you can email us at: donations@layersoflove.net We will be more than happy to help you and your group in any way we can.

Community Collaboration for Chemotherapy Patients

Layers of Love is still working hard to reach our goal for the chemotherapy patients at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.  We are getting closer to our goal, and this is a BIG part of how we are reaching that goal.

A while back I received an email from a wonderful woman who had 3 bolts of fleece fabric she wanted to donate to us here at Layers of Love.

3 Bolts of White Fleece Fabric

What a very generous donation!  I was so excited, not only for the donation but also because I knew that it would be able to open the door for even more donations to us.  And open the door it has!  It has enabled not only individuals but community groups to do more with less fabric. I am so grateful that Elizabeth contacted us and we will be able to benefit so many more chemotherapy patients from her donation.  She has continued to be in my thoughts and prayers since the day I had the pleasure of meeting her and her daughter. Elizabeth herself has been going through chemotherapy treatments.  We pray she is doing well.

Since I have received the 3 bolts of fabric, I have received other donations of fabric, this has enabled me to be able to pair two parts of donated fabric from two different sources together, to help more chemotherapy patients.

Collaboration of 2 Pieces of Donated Fabric to Make One Blanket

Layers of Love has been working with several groups that have chosen us to benefit from their community projects. When we are contacted by a group looking to help us out, we try to do all that we can to help them complete their goal. Recently we were contacted by a youth group leader at Bethany Wesleyan Church, which is a local church here where we are located.  They wanted to make their fabric go as far as possible to help us help as many chemotherapy patients as they could.  So I told them we had donated fabric here that they could pair up with the fabric they had and we could collaborate to make their fabric go further.  Their youth group met last week and look at the fantastic work they did with both fabrics!

Bethany Wesleyan Church's Beautiful Homemade Fleece Blankets

We are giving them a BIG thank you for all their hard work.  This is exactly what I was so excited about when we received the generous donation of the 3 bolts of fabric.  I knew it would open the door to help more people and groups to be able to have a hand in helping even more chemotherapy patients.

Community collaboration for chemotherapy patients.  It is a win win situation no matter how you look at it.

*If you have a fleece fabric you would like to donate, you can contact us here in the comments or at: donations@layersoflove.net  We accept brand new fleece fabric and no sew fleece fabric kits (available at many craft stores).  Don’t have the time, or not sure how to put a kit together?  No problem, we can put the kits and fabric donations together for you.   More information is in our FAQ tab and Guidelines tab above this post.*

*If your community group would like to donate to us here at Layers of Love, feel free to contact us: donations@layersoflove.net We have and continue to work with several groups, giving directions of how to put the blankets together, supplying scissors, even gathering more volunteers for your group if needed.  Making blankets truly is community collaboration at it’s best!*